This is the third round of economic sanctions against Chinese companies and organizations that violate human rights in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The US Department of Commerce blacklisted 11 Chinese companies involved in human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in Western China.
According to the Ministry, these companies use forced labor of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China. Among the companies included in the list are textile manufacturers and two firms engaged in genetic analysis to further suppress the Uighurs in China. All these companies will no longer be able to buy components needed in their work from American companies freely.
This is the third group of Chinese companies and organizations added to the US blacklist in connection with the crackdown on Uighurs in Xinjiang.
“Beijing is actively promoting reprehensible practices of forced labor, as well as DNA collection and analysis schemes to suppress its citizens,” said US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
Among the companies blacklisted is KTK Group Co, which produces more than 2,000 products used to build high-speed trains, and Tanyuan Technology Co, which assembles graphite-reinforced aluminum composites.
Another company is Changji Esquel Textile Co, founded by Esquel Group in 2009. Esquel Group produces clothing for fashion brands Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Hugo Boss. In April, the company’s management denied using forced labor in Xinjiang.
Besides, the list includes the company Hetian Haolin Hair Accessories Co, which exports human hair from Xinjiang.